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December 8, 2016 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
New Braunfels Convention Center
375 S Castell Ave
New Braunfels, TX 78130
2nd Texas Hill Country Water Summit @ New Braunfels Convention Center | New Braunfels | Texas | United States

Promotes awareness of the precious water resources of the Texas Hill Country. Discussion of strategies for short and long term challenges.

Registration closes at noon on Dec. 6.

Guadalupe Basin Coalition is a voluntary association of businesses, chambers of commerce, lake associations and governmental entities in counties along the Guadalupe River Basin (including all of its tributaries and springs) that are bonded by a common concern for the economic and environmental sustainability of the Guadalupe River Basin and San Antonio Bay. The 2016 summit raises awareness on the water resources of the Texas Hill Country and highlights short-term and long-term critical challenges.

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – Registration
8:30 am to 8:40 am – Welcome and Introductory Remarks, Todd Votteler, chairman, Guadalupe Basin Coalition Todd Votteler, chairman, Guadalupe Basin Coalition

Morning Key Note Speakers
Current Water Conditions and the Outlook for 2017
8:40 a.m. to 9:10 a.m . – The Outlook for 2017, John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist, Texas A&M University
9:10 a.m, to 9:40 a.m. – Current Water Conditions, Robert Mace, deputy executive administrator, Texas Water Development Board
9:40 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. –  2015 Floods: How Bad Were They and What Have We Done to Prepare for the Next Flood?
9:40 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – NWS West Gulf River Forecast Center, Gregory Waller, service coordination hydrologist, National Weather Service, West Gulf River Forecast Center
10:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. – USGS and the 2015 Floods, Doug Schnoebelen, chief, U.S. Geological Survey
10:20 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. FEMA and the 2015 Floods, Elizabeth Savage, Regional Program Management lead supporting Federal Emergency Management Agency
10:40 a.m. to 11:00 am – Break
11:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. –  Regional Water Supplies, Kevin Patteson, general manager, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority
11:20 am to 11:40 am – Regional Water Supplies, Robert Puete, CEO, San Antonio Water System

12:00 am to 12:30 am BBQ Lunch with Music by Jerry James

Afternoon Key Note Speakers
12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – The 2017 State Water Plan for Texas, Bech Bruun, chairman, Texas Water Development Board
1:00 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.  – TCEQ Update, Richard Hyde, executive director, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
1:20 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. – Texas Corps Programs and Missions, Colonel Calvin Hudson II, district commander, Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
1:40 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Texas Water Conservation Gains, Karen Guz, director of Conservation, San Antonio Water System
2:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. – The GBRA and TAP White Paper, Jim Blackburn, attorney, The Aransas Project and Todd Votteler, executive manager, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority

2:20 pm to 2:30 pm Break
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 pm – The Election and What to Expect from the New President, 115th Congress and 85th Texas Legislature
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 pm – The Election, What Happened and What Does it Mean? James Henson, director,Texas Politics Project, The University of Texas at Austin
3:00 p.m. to 3:20 pm – Groundwater and the 85th Texas Legislature, Sarah Schlessinger, executive director, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts
3:20 p.m. to 3:50 pm. – Afternoon Key Note Speaker: What does the election mean for federal water issues? Tom Jensen, Partner, Holland & Hart, Washington, D.C.

3:50 pm to 4 pm Wrap Up – Todd Votteler, Chairman, Guadalupe Basin Coalition

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